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Old Wed, Jun-16-10, 19:52
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Default How to Use Blood Glucose Meter

Hello Everybody! I'm a newbie and I've been "lurking" in here for about a week. Played around with CAD about 10 years ago and stumbled upon this site and decided to get the Heller's more recent books and give it a try (after calorie restriction and intensive exercise for last month with not much results).
I just bought a blood glucose meter because I was curious how AS would effect my blood sugar - mainly my sugar free coffee creamer, caffeine, sugar free gum and my favorite - Good Earth's Sweet and Spicy tea (that actually doesn't have any sugar or additives, less than one carb per cup) just cinnamon oil which as a sweet taste. And I remember reading on here somewhere that the meter was the best determiner of your body's reaction. My question is how should I use this now? If my body does dump insulin into my blood stream in reaction to AS. Will that show up in my blood sugar test? How long after a meal should I test?
Sorry so wordy. Thanks so much in advance for any advice you can give!!!
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Old Wed, Jun-16-10, 20:02
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Your blood glucose meter will check blood sugars only--not insulin response.

The usual way to use a meter is

Morning fasting
1 hour post parandial (after meals)
2 hour post parandial (after meals)

You can always use your meter to check on how certain foods impact your blood sugar. Those reading would be more often such as:

15 minute post parandial x4
30 minutes post parandial x4
1 hour post parandial x2

That would be 4 hours of blood sugars.

Good luck!

Progress not perfection.

Lisa
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Old Wed, Jun-16-10, 22:28
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Thanks so much cnmlisa! I was afraid of that. I'm such a technical person that I was hoping for some concrete evidence of my insulin response to these foods. I haven't really felt any craving or weight loss difference when I eat these things although my weight loss has been on the slow side (about 2 lbs. in 2 weeks). I suppose I should try cutting them out altogether boo hoo Thanks again!!
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Old Thu, Jun-17-10, 18:18
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hi-
welcome to the site!
Have you checked out the other areas- there is an excellent Diabetes area in the health stuff.
Please come and post and tell us all about you!
ANd 2 lbs is terrific!
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